Women of the West Awards

The Women of the West Awards, established by the Western Sydney University over 10 years ago, celebrate the contribution women make to the Western Sydney region in business and to the community.

This year’s winners were announced at the Coleman Grieg Women in Business celebration lunch at the Waterview Convention Centre in Bicentennial Park, held on International Women’s Day.

The 18 nominees included social justice and community advocates, teachers, mentors and businesswomen, all inspirational, passionate women, forging new paths and creating opportunity in their fields.

This year, we are proud to announce that Brilliant Digital Founder Deb Croucher was nominated as one of 5 finalists for the Woman of the West Award for Business – an honour to be in the company of such an incredible group of women who contribute to improving the lives of people in Western Sydney.

Deb was nominated for “her inspirational leadership and strong commitment to flexible employment opportunities for working parents in Greater Western Sydney.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, says “the awards are a chance for the people of Western Sydney to recognise the incredible women that live and work in their local community.

The University is proud to honour women in Greater Western Sydney and formally recognise their contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

While these women may come from many different backgrounds and work across many different fields, they all have in common a drive, passion, and commitment to making our community a better place.”

Photo: Claire Ward from SummitCare, accepting on behalf of Woman of the West (Business) winner Cynthia Payne with Western Sydney University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Denise Kirkpatrick.

Cynthia Payne from Balkham Hills was announced as Woman of the West (Business), with Martha Jabour of Parramatta awarded Woman of the West (Community).

The guest of honour for this year’s event was celebrated author, journalist and UNICEF Ambassador Tara Moss.

Ms. Moss shared her insights in a fascinating keynote; ‘Labels, Leadership and Why We Need More Women’s Voices’.

“When the University established the Awards in 2005 it was to acknowledge and celebrate the many women who exemplify leadership and commitment to improving the lives of people in our communities,” says Professor Kirkpatrick.

“As we celebrate another year of outstanding nominees, we should be encouraged to reflect on what their work means.

The passion, commitment, and drive to make a difference exhibited by the women here today are truly inspirational.”

Caroline Hutchinson, Coleman Greig’s Women in Business Ambassador, was impressed by the achievements of the nominees:

“It’s great to be able to share the amazing and often unspoken contributions that every nominee, and in particular our winners here today, are making for the good of the wider community.

It’s proof that one person really can have a positive impact on the lives of those around them and we look forward to being able to continue showcasing inspiring women for many years to come.”

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